Ruggedness and svelte design tend to be mutually exclusive features — but not in the Sony Cyber-Shot TX200V Waterproof Camera ($500). Measuring just 16mm deep, the TX200V is waterproof to five meters, dustproof, and freeze-proof, and doesn't skimp of the features, either, which include an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, 1080/60p video recording, a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, a 5x optical zoom lens, high-speed autofocus, the ability to shoot at full resolution at up to 10 fps, face detection technology, a built-in GPS and Compass, and optical image stabilization. Arriving in March.
We suppose it was only a matter of time. As smartphones slowly take over the point-and-shoot market, camera makers are doing the only thing they can: making their cameras more like phones. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera ($TBA) is a perfect example. Powered by Android, the SC1630 features a 3X optical zoom, a 16 megapixel sensor, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, micro SD storage up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and — oh yeah — apps. Hello Flickr top camera, goodbye days of not being able to upload photos without the help of a separate device.